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Vestibular Therapy

Dizziness impacting your life? If so, you’re not alone. More than 69 million people have experienced vestibular dysfunction at some point in their lives. Vestibular therapy - an exercise-based program, designed by a specialty trained vestibular physical therapist, to improve balance and reduce problems related to dizziness - can aid in controlling symptoms, reducing falls and improving your overall quality of life. Vestibular issues are often caused by a disorder of the inner ear, neck dysfunction or another condition. 

Special evaluation techniques are used to determine your specific need.


Common Symptoms of Vestibular Disorders

Most adults living with a vestibular disorder go undiagnosed and never receive treatment. As a result, their quality of life, their ability to perform both routine and unique has been diminished. Patients suffering from vestibular disorders often experience:

  • ● Dizziness or blurry vision with head movements
  • ● Neck tightness, stiffness and/or pain
  • ● Imbalance or the need to hold onto objects when walking
  • ● Headaches
  • ● Frequent falls
  • ● Generalized “dizziness, wooziness and foggy head” feelings
  • ● Vertigo/spinning


Treatment Exercises

Examples of exercises you may learn during therapy sessions include:

  • ● Vision stability training
  • ● Posture training
  • ● Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • ● Balance retraining
  • ● Walking exercises
  • ● Neck mobility/stretching exercises
  • ● General fitness exercises
  • ● Ergonomic training (This advice is given so that workplace furnishings can be adjusted to improve a person’s posture and decrease any discomforts.)

Recovery/Outcomes

Expected vestibular rehabilitation outcomes include:

  • ● Decreased risk of falling
  • ● A decrease in dizziness symptoms
  • ● Improved balance
  • ● Improved ability to stabilize vision/gaze
  • ● Increased body strength
  • ● Return to prior level of movement/function
  • ● Increase in confidence in ability to maintain balance
  • ● Improved neck motion, reduced symptoms

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